Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spring Fold Card

Good Afternoon Ladies,
Today has been a run around day. I had to go get my haircut and a few other things. So here I am doing a blog post in the middle of the day.
I tried a spring fold card day before yesterday. My mom and my friend were here and tried it too. The one we did together didn't come out quite right. So later that evening I tried again and had success.
Here is the card I created.....
The card is made with double sided cardstock from K&Company. The sun is a sizzix die cut. The dog is Anita's rubber stamps and the other two stamps are unknown to me. This card folds flat to fit into the envelope and springs up when taken out by the recipient. A fun card to make once you get the fold down. 
Thanks to card making group I am stepping out of the box and trying new card folds. The variety is fun! to change the laundry...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Challenge #6: Drop Shadow Stamping

Good Morning Ladies,
I'm sorry I have been MIA, but I was away at a dog show. Then upon return I was getting ready for Sam's graduation party this past Sunday. Now that is all over with I'm back. And then off again this Friday for another dog show. Summer sure is busy.
The latest challenge over at Stampin' Dymonz is drop shadow stamping. The requirements  this week is to create a card using the Drop Shadow Stamping technique and at least one other stamping technique of your choice. Your card must have ribbon, 3 flowers, "gems" (of any type -- I used Pebbles in the flower centers) and at least 2 distinctly different papers/cardstocks. The theme for the card is "Sympathy" (i.e., my "thinking of you" stamp).
Check it out here
Here is the card I created for the challenge....

For my drop shadow stamping I used a solid flower stamp from an unknown company. I stamped the first layer in anirondack ink in cloudy blue. I then overstamped in anirondack ink sail boat blue. I stamped the shadow stamping on parchment cardstock. I then cut two smaller pieces of the parchment cardstock. On these two pieces I stamped an image and a saying from the clear dollar stamp set pet sympathy. I edged these with the the cloudy blue ink. This was all mounted on a floral cardstock from K&Company. I added the heart ribbon with tacky tape. My flowers are from prima to which I added irridescent rhinestones from queen and company.
This was a fun technique to create with, that I will use in the future. I will say Stampin' Dymonz is very inspiring! I am stepping out of the box more and more because of these challenges. to bed...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Monday, June 13, 2011

Challenge #4: Mixed Media Arts - Serendipity Technique

Good Afternoon Ladies,
Things are getting a little crazy around here...I am getting ready to go to a dog show and cleaning the house for Sam's party next weekend. Will it all get finished? Only time will tell... is the link for this weeks challenge over at stampin' dymonz. It is a collage challenge. Here is my take on this technique....
Now I did not read very well because it was only suppose to be colleged...but what did I do? Well I guess I looked at the photo of the picture on the post and I took it upon myself to emboss silver stars all over it...LOL. So this is my entry because I only did one sheet to begin with. Sorry about that.
Well to cook dinner...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome Puppy Joy Fold Card

Good Morning Ladies,
Well we have rain today! I am glad to see it after having 97 and 100 degree weather the last two days. I have my windows open and can hear the birds outside.
I had a nice surprise yesterday.... I won the blog candy over at . Thanks Stampin' Dymonz! I'm telling you click on the link and take a stroll through the challenge blog. It's a great place where learning is fun!
Now I bring you my joy fold card.....

I learned about joy fold cards over at This is a sister site to stampin' dymonz. My photo is not true to color. The color of this card is mauve. All of the background paper is from a Tim Holtz tablet. The dog image is from a clear set from TPI. I am really enjoying the making of joy fold cards.
Too much to do to do laundry..
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tim Holtz style flap card

Good Morning Ladies,
Well when I got up the sun was coming up. Now it looks like it is hiding. So who knows what today will bring.
My hubby and I did some yard work and trimmed up bushes and took branches out of trees. Well the trees don't look to good now. They will have to come all the way out at some point. The landscaping is so old here it all needs to be redone.
I have another flap card for you today..
I decided to try a Tim Holtz style card. I used a set of Tim Holtz clear stamps and card stock from one of his collection pads.

.His products make it so easy to create wonderful things. I was very happy with the outcome.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Monday, June 6, 2011

Challenge #3: Mixed Media Art

Good Morning Ladies,
The challenge over at Stampin' Dymonz this week is credit card painting. Click this link to go check out the challenge...   
This is the challenge
For our challenge this week, we will be making a decorative background paper. Hint: You will need this background for next week's challenge, so make sure you don't do anything further to the page then what you are directed to do in this post.
  1. Select an 8.5 x 11 sheet of decorative or plain paper which you want to turn into your background paper.
  2. Select 3 different colored paints and 1 metallic or glitter paint.
  3. Use the paper you chose and the 4 ink colors to create a background page using the Credit Card Painting Technique for you to use as your base for next week's challenge.
  4. I gave it a whirl is this is what I came up with...
I have never done credit card painting before. I took a sheet of designer series scrapbook paper that was printed with a vintage travel type design. I was hoping some of the original paper would show through but alas it did not. The colors of acrylic paint I use was first white, second navy blue, third red, and last silver metallic. Now I have no idea where this project is going yet but I was thinking colors for the fourth of July. Now this may turn out to be something totally different. The surprise of this challenge I found very interesting and I am always up for a surprise. Can't wait until next weeks challenge to see what's up!
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Flap Card Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,
Today is the big....Sam graduates...I can't wait!
But while I am waiting I have been making a couple of flap cards. This is a challenge over at the village. Here's a link.... The first card is at the village.
Now I bring you the second flap card....

This was a fun and easy card to make. The paper is from my minds eye. The stamps are from local king rubber in canada. I made the scoring with my martha stewert score board.
Challenges are good. They get me thinking and they get me to use new product as well as old. I create instead of just sitting and looking at my stuff. That is a good thing!
If you have extra time hop over and see my creations at my art fire store....

Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Friday, June 3, 2011

Stair Step card

Good Morning Ladies,
Sam is up and moving for his last day of High School ever! He is a bit nervous about entering the world of adulthood. I am so proud of him for working hard and getting through high school.
Over at the village I joined the card making group. They had a stair step card challenge. So I made my first stair step card and posted it over there. Here is the the third stair step card I created....

This was fun to create. The screen door die and puppy clear stamp came from Joan's Garden. The punches are ek success and martha stewert. The dog saying is from cloud nine. The bone stamp is from art impressions.
Well I'm short on time this
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog